Sunday, February 2, 2014
David Rudolph to Gentiles: "Like Yeshua, Our Mission is to Jews, not Gentiles"
A reader recently asked me to support my assertion that David Rudolph (UMJC, Tikvat Israel, Richmond VA) openly excludes Gentiles. Of course, I was happy to do so as I think people need to know what the UMJC is really about. Here is my response to the email:
"In Rudolph's sermon (4/13/13) entitled "Our Mission" he says the following:
“Some Christian leaders think it is wrong for churches to prioritize particular ethnic groups and that churches should reach out to all people impartially. While we can understand the concern here that a non-Chinese citizen could feel like a second-class citizen in a Chinese church, the question remains whether God calls certain churches and certain congregations to particular people groups.”
“How can we know if HaShem does this or not? To answer this query we must consult with our Bibles…”
“It is notable that Yeshua sends out his Apostles only to fellow Jews.”
“These twelve Yeshua sent out with the following instructions, “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans, go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.”
“What is our mission here at Tikvat Israel? …Tikvat Israel’s is to build a congregation for Yeshua within the House of Israel…it is accurate to say that our mission is more specifically to build a congregation for Yeshua within the Richmond Jewish community.”
So if we synthesize what Rudolph is saying this is what we get:
(1) ethnic prioritization is Biblical even though it results in non-ethnic members feeling like "second-class citizens" (to use Rudolph's phrase);
(2) just as Yeshua's mission excluded non-Jews, Tikvat Israel's mission excludes non-Jews, seeking to build a community from within the Richmond JEWISH community.
Now, Rudolph will undoubtedly say I'm taking him out of context. But I think the context of Rudolph's argument is fairly evident to a discerning mind.
Hope this is of some help.
Now, of course, if anyone thinks I'm mischaracterizing Rudolph and being unfair to him, please share your thoughts with us. We welcome all points of view. Unlike a Rudolph sermon, this forum is not monopolized by the thoughts of any single individual. I do not and will never profess to have the title "rabbi". I'm just a man who believes in Yeshua and who hates to see false teachers attempting to divide the Body of our L-rd. I earn nothing from this blog--except that a reader (and dear friend) recently sent me some clothes, but beyond this I have not received anything for this blog.
Shalom and Shlemut to the True Brothers and Sisters,
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